Whether in your own garden or further afield, your Labrador retriever must be kept under secure control both for its own protection and the safety of others. It is important to provide a healthy, hazard – free environment for your pet, and to observe social obligations conscientiously.
Shelter and Exercise:
Comfortable outdoor kennel if you plan to house your dog in a kennel, introduce it from an early age. The kennel should be chew – proof and well – insulated. Make it a cosy sanctuary, but do not keep your dog kenneled alone for long periods.
Clean, spacious run a hygienic run attached to the kennel is ideal for several dogs, allowing fresh air and limited exercise. However, Labradors have large reserves of energy and will still need regular physical activity outside their runs.
Half – check collar a half-check collar is often useful. Fit the collar so the soft webbing lies round your dog’s throat, while the chain links sit at the back of its neck. A tug on the lead will tighten the collar without causing discomfort.
Head Halter a head halter can help with high-spirited Labradors. Ensure that it fits comfortably over the muzzle. If your dog lunges, its momentum will gently tighten the halter, pulling the head down and the jaws shut.
Muzzle apply a muzzle either to obey local laws or to prevent your dog from scavenging. Use a basket variety in the correct size and properly adjusted to permit panting and barking. Never leave your muzzled dog unattended for extended lengths of time.
Using a Full Check Chain:
1. To put on a check chain correctly, hold it open in a circle, and then slip it round your dog’s neck.
2. The chain should tighten only when the lead is pulled. If put on backwards, or if the dog is not to your left, the chain will not loosen after tension is eased.
Always Give Prompt Discipline:
Labrador Retrievers are lively, inquisitive dogs that, left unsupervised, may investigate further than you would like. If your dog has engaged in destructive digging, for example, reprimand it at once so that it understands why you are displeased. Enforce a lie down and stop all play” if you are away from home, return immediately. Young male Labradors in particular may need obedience reinforced when outdoors.
Planning a Safe and Secure Garden:
The greatest hazard presented by your garden is the risk of escape. Check that all fencing is sturdy, gate latches secure, and that hedges have no gaps. Install wire mesh where necessary. Keep all garden chemicals safely locked away, and if you have outdoor lighting, ensure that no cable are exposed and may be chewed. To prevent damage to your lawn, train your dog to use a specific site as its toilet. Be certain to store all waste and any horticultural tools securely out of reach, and do not plant material that may be poisonous to dogs. Always watch your Labrador carefully near a lit barbecue so it does not lick hot implements, and cover ornamental ponds to avoid accidents.